Fire Safety Equipment

University of Vermont buildings are equipped with a variety of fire protection systems.  These systems provide for the safety of the occupants, and tampering with these systems is a civil or criminal offense.

Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems

Fire Alarm Systems

Fire Extinguishers

Carbon Monoxide Detection

Fire Barriers and Smoke Partitions



Automatic Sprinkler Systems:  Sprinkler systems are made up of pipes which deliver water under pressure, usually concealed in the building's walls and ceilings.  Sprinkler heads are the systems' discharge nozzles, each equipped with a thermally sensitive mechanism to detect fire and operate that individual sprinkler head.  When the sprinkler head reaches a predetermined temperature, the nozzle opens and water flows on to the fire.

Sprinkler systems are on duty 24/7, and do not require any action by the occupants or responders to work.  A sprinkler head will extinguish or contain a fire with less than 10% of the water of a single fire hose, reducing the flame, smoke and water damage and saving lives.  Fire sprinklers have been around for more than a century.  All of UVM's on campus residence halls are equipped with automatic fire sprinkler systems.

To avoid accidental sprinkler activation, do not hang items from sprinkler heads!

Never store or place items within 18" of the plane below sprinkler heads or water may not reach a fire.


Fire Alarm Systems:  Fire alarm systems can detect smoke, heat, carbon monoxide, water flow in a sprinkler system. They can be automatically activated through a control system or manually activated with a fire alarm pull station (see below). 

Fire alarm systems alert building occupants to a fire and/or other emergencies and summon help.  They can also automatically close fire doors, control mechanical equipment such as air handling units, and operate special fire suppression systems.

Whenever a fire alarm sounds, assume there is a real emergency and evacuate the building immediately.

Tampering with fire alarm systems is a violation of University policy and may be punishable as a civil or criminal offense.


Fire Extinguishers:  Click here to go to "Fire Extinguisher" page where you will find information about fire extinguishers and fire extinguisher training.

Carbon Monoxide Detection:
  Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of poisoning deaths in the United States.  Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced during combustion processes.  All sleeping areas at the University of Vermont are provided with carbon monoxide detection.  In the residence halls high carbon monoxide levels will cause activation of the building fire alarm system, evacuating the building and automatically notifying emergency responders.  Non-residential areas where fuel burning equipment is present are provided with local carbon monoxide alarms.